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Following the Coronavirus

Third COVID-19 related death reported in Ohio County

A third Ohio County resident has died from complicated related to COVID-19, the Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department said Monday. This follows the county's second death, reported Saturday. Overall, the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources reports the county has seen 148 ...

Sept. 8 Mandate for All W.Va. Schools, Not Just Public

WHEELING — Gov. Jim Justice’s executive order that public schools not start classes before Sept. 8 applies to all schools — even those considered private or parochial, school officials have learned. The move comes after state officials previously advised school officials they should ...

Wheeling Barber Shop Taking Precautions After Reopening

WHEELING — Chad Stradwick would have preferred to wait to reopen Stradwick’s Fade Cave in Wheeling, but economic realities gave him little choice but to follow suit when barbershops, hair and nail salons and massage businesses got the go-ahead from the state to reopen in May. “If I could ...

Justice’s Powers During Pandemic Questioned

CHARLESTON — While some lawmakers see Gov. Jim Justice’s use of executive powers as evenhanded during the pandemic emergency, others would like to see more legislative involvement, particularly when it comes to the $1.25 billion in federal dollars the state has received. Ever since the end ...

Marshall County Schools Tech Up To The Challenge

MOUNDSVILLE — When COVID-19 struck locally in the early spring, Marshall County Schools, like most across the state and many more nationwide, struggled to come to grips with moving their curriculum online. In the weeks and months since schools closed in April, the district has shifted to ...

Second Person Dies of COVID-19 in Ohio County

WHEELING — A second person has died of COVID-19 in Ohio County, health officials announced Saturday. The Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department did not identify the victim, but said the person had been hospitalized at the time of death. It’s the first coronavirus fatality in the county ...

Coronavirus deaths take a long-expected turn for the worse

By MIKE STOBBE and NICKY FORSTERyesterday NEW YORK (AP) — A long-expected upturn in U.S. coronavirus deaths has begun, driven by fatalities in states in the South and West, according to data on the pandemic. The number of deaths per day from the virus had been falling for months, and ...

Dozens of US Marines in Japan’s Okinawa get coronavirus

By MARI YAMAGUCHI Associated Press TOKYO (AP) — Dozens of U.S. Marines at two bases on the southern Japanese island of Okinawa have been infected with the coronavirus in what is feared to be a massive outbreak, Okinawa's governor said Saturday, demanding an adequate explanation from the ...

Wheeling City Officials Quarantined, Tested for COVID-19

WHEELING — Officials in the city of Wheeling are self quarantining while awaiting results of COVID-19 tests after Vice Mayor Chad Thalman tested positive for the coronavirus, and the future of upcoming public meetings in the city has been left uncertain. In light of the recent surge in ...

Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston Received Nearly $2 Million in PPP Loans

WHEELING — The Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston received nearly $2 million in federal Paycheck Protection Program loans to help pay its administrative staff and every active priest working in West Virginia during the coronavirus pandemic. The request was not unusual as numerous dioceses ...

AP: After Lobbying, Catholic Church Won $1.4B in Virus Aid

NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. Roman Catholic Church used a special and unprecedented exemption from federal rules to amass at least $1.4 billion in taxpayer-backed coronavirus aid, with many millions going to dioceses that have paid huge settlements or sought bankruptcy protection because of ...

West Virginia Governor Jim Justice Names Dr. Ayne Amjad State Health Officer

CHARLESTON — A Beckley-based physician is the new West Virginia health officer and commissioner of the Bureau of Public Health, the governor announced on Friday. Dr. Ayne Amjad replaces Dr. Cathy Slemp. “We have picked up an incredible West Virginian,” Justice said as he announced the ...

Ohio County Experiences Largest Single-Day COVID-19 Increase

WHEELING — A dozen new COVID-19 cases were reported in Ohio County on Thursday, marking the largest single-day jump since the pandemic began and raising alarm bells about the spread of the coronavirus in the county. Wheeling-Ohio County Health Administrator Howard Gamble said the surge in ...

Councilman Thalman Tests Positive for COVID-19

WHEELING — Chad Thalman, Wheeling’s vice mayor and Ward 1 councilman, late Thursday evening confirmed that he has tested positive for COVID-19. Thalman was contacted after Tuesday afternoon’s in-person city council meeting this week and was informed that he very likely had been in recent ...

Governor Delays School Start to Sept. 8

CHARLESTON — The West Virginia Department of Education continues to develop reopening guidelines for schools this fall, but officials on Wednesday cautioned each school system would be responsible for its own reopening plans. The discussion came even as Gov. Jim Justice announced he would ...

Worker at Good Shepherd Nursing Home Tests Positive For COVID-19

WHEELING — A worker at Good Shepherd Nursing Home in Wheeling has tested positive for the coronavirus, the facility’s officials announced Wednesday. The unidentified staff member is believed to have contracted COVID-19 “as a result of community contact,” according to Donald Kirsch, ...

Mask Order Could Get Teeth If Coronavirus Cases Continue to Spike

CHARLESTON — More than 48 hours after Gov. Jim Justice signed a mandatory but toothless executive order requiring face masks inside offices and businesses, Justice said penalties for not wearing masks could be coming if coronavirus cases continue to spike. Justice signed an executive order ...

Marshall County Commencements to be Broadcast Sunday

MOUNDSVILLE — Due to public health concerns over COVID-19 and a lack of suitable gathering space, Marshall County’s seniors will have their graduation ceremony broadcast this weekend rather than hold an in-person commencement. School administrators held John Marshall and Cameron high ...